The Axis of Evil: Alive and Well


imagesn“Foreign reporters—preferably American–were much more valuable to us at that time (1957-59) than any military victory. Much more valuable than recruits for our guerrilla force, were American media recruits to export our propaganda.” (Che Guevara 1959)

“Reporters in Havana are either insensitive to the pain of the opposition ‘or in clear complicity’ with the government.” (Cuban torture-victim Jorge Luis García Pérez known as Antunez in the Miami Herald 8/7/2013)

Note the time span between the quotes above. Few propaganda recruitment drives and PR campaigns in modern history have been as phenomenally successful or as enduring as Fidel Castro and Che Guevara’s.

During the past few weeks, for instance, the Castro-regime was caught red-handed shipping a huge tanker-load of illegal weapons (including missile equipment) to North Korea, a fleet of Russian warships visited Havana, Cuba’s vice president visited Iran to “expand ties,” Cuba’s vice foreign minister visited Pyongyang to foment “closer cooperation,” and Amnesty International decried the wave of terror against Cuban dissidents, naming five of them as “prisoners of conscience.”

But a quick Cuba news scan will show that the top Cuba item reported in the U.S. during this period was about a paddleboarder who paddled from Havana to Key West to “promote peace, love and friendship between the peoples of Cuba and of U.S.” This week, birthday greetings to Fidel Castro on his 87th filled  the media bucket.

Castro jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror, murdered more Cubans in his first three years in power than Hitler murdered Germans during his first six, and came closest of anyone in history to starting a worldwide nuclear war. In the above process he converted a nation with a higher per capita income than half of Europe and a huge influx of immigrants into one that repels Haitians and boasts the highest suicide rate in the western hemisphere.

Who would guess any of this from reading the mainstream media?

In 1990 Castro’s KGB-trained secret police arrested Black Cuban dissident Antunez (quoted above) and Castro’s kangaroo courts sentence him to 17 years in prison. His crime was shouting anti-Castro slogans in public. Black Cuban doctor Oscar Biscet was sentenced to 25 years in Castro’s torture chambers for the crime of reciting the works of Martin Luther King and the UN Declaration of Human Rights in a Cuban public square. This “crime” was greatly compounded by Dr. Biscet’s specifically denouncing the Castro regime’s policy of forced abortions (which account for those “low infant-mortality” figures, much-trumpeted by such as Michael Moore and the Congressional Black Caucus.)

Many Cuban blacks suffered longer incarceration in Castro’s dungeons and torture chambers than Nelson Mandela suffered in South Africa’s (relatively) comfortable prisons. In fact, these Cubans qualify as the longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history. Eusebio Penalver, Ignacio Cuesta Valle, Antonio Lopez Munoz, Ricardo Valdes Cancio, and many other Cuban blacks suffered almost thirty years in Castro’s prisons. These men (and many women too, by the way, black and white) suffered their tortures 90 miles from U.S. shores.

But you’ve never heard of them, right? And yet from CNN to NBC, from Reuters to the AP, from ABC to NPR, Castro’s fiefdom hosts an abundance of U.S. and international press bureaus and crawls with their intrepid “investigative reporters.”

According to anti-Apartheid activists a grand total of 3,000 political prisoners passed through South Africa’s Robben Island prison in roughly 30 years under the Apartheid regime. Usually about a thousand were held. These were out of a South African population of 40 million.

According to Freedom House, a grand total of 500,000 political prisoners have passed through Castro’s various prisons and forced labor camps. At one time in 1961, some 300,000 Cubans were jailed for political offenses. This is out of a Cuban population in 1960 of 6.4 million. A quick punch of a calculator will easily reveal the grotesque disparity in repression between the two regimes. A quick scan of the media will reveal the grotesque disparity of condemnation applied to the (relative) molehill instead of to the mountain.

In 1964, the government of Apartheid South Africa sentenced Nelson Mandela to 30 years in prison. Mandela’s trial was conducted by an independent judiciary and witnessed by scores of international observers. The charges against  Mandela included: “The preparation, manufacture and use of explosives, including 210,000 hand grenades, 48,000 anti-personnel mines, 1,500 time devices, 144 tons of ammonium nitrate, 21.6 tons of aluminum powder and a ton of black powder. 193 counts of terrorism committed between 1961 and 1963.”

“The [Mandela] trial has been properly conducted,” wrote correspondent for the London Observer Anthony Sampson (who later wrote Mandela’s authorized biography). “The judge, Mr Justice Quartus de Wet, has been scrupulously fair.”

Antunez, Biscet and thousands of other Cubans were condemned by a judicial system  founded by Felix Dzerzhinsky during Lenin’s Red Terror, perfected by Andrei Vishinsky during Stalin’s Great Terror and transplanted to Cuba in 1959 by their “Latino” disciples. “Judicial evidence is an archaic Bourgeios detail,” Che Guevara stressed to his prosecutors. “When in doubt — execute.”

“Legal proof is impossible to obtain against war criminals,” Fidel Castro explained to Time magazine in February 1959. “So we sentence them based on moral conviction.”

These “executions” (murders, technically) would surpass Hitler’s during the Night of the Long Knives and the rate of jailings would exceed Stalin’s during his Great Terror, to say nothing of South Africa’s during Apartheid.

And  yet the “injustice” against Nelson Mandela is a media cause célèbre. But most of you have never heard of Antunez, Biscet or any of those hundreds of other black Cuban political prisoners. Why?

The quotes heading this article probably explain it best.

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  • ziggy zoggy

    “And yet the “injustice” against Nelson Mandela is a media cause célèbre. But most of you have never heard of Antunez, Biscet or any of those hundreds of other black Cuban political prisoners. Why?”

    Because they haven’t been on Oprah and they don’t look like they could be Obama’s sons.

  • William James Ward

    Strange that we were in South Vietnam by the time Castro had
    taken over to do his evil against Cubans. In Vietnam we were
    supposed to be saving the South Vietnamese from Communism,
    what a farce the Democratic Congress turned that into. Castro
    got a pass from American politicians and created hell in Cuba
    with his Communist devilry which continues to this day. No
    American military booting him out of power, somehow Communism
    in Cuba was not a problem for American National interests as
    it was in South Vietnam, kind of a double standard and the
    media kept us misinformed the entire time. Judgment Day will
    be a revealing time and something like “the best of times and the
    worst of times”, evil will meet it’s doom………………William

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  • RogerDane

    Man continues to try and be ‘God’… Totalitarianism 90 miles away? How about in Washington, DC. We are all hostage to the ideologues posing as ‘elected’ officials when even the briefest of reviews shows mega-corruption in the voting process of the last several elections. By electronic manipulation or gun toting Cuban dictators, the outcome is similar. Wonder when Americans’ will wake up?

  • Dan’l

    Mr. Humberto, thank you – I never miss your articles.

  • vtalbot

    Thank you for this informative article with its comparisons to brutal dictators we know better. i did not know Castro had done so much damage. Why? My profile would suggest otherwise. Perhaps because the iconic figures of Che and Castro actually had very little impact on world history in comparison with Stalin or Hitler. Both of them created ideologies that shaped the events of subsequent generations. But Che and Castro embody the way the Left and progressives have framed their argument couched in a message that alleges concern for the downtrodden. After they sell that it doesn`t matter what they actually do.

  • Bamaguje

    It’s not so much because Castro’s propaganda machine is effective, but more to do with the traitorous anti-Americanism of left leaning lamestream media.

  • popseal

    The arrogance of the Western leftist makes him believe when he gets his hands on power, he would never abuse it. They lie to themselves as well as those that listen seriously to them.

  • JVR

    Mr Fontova I can provide a short background here of why Mandela is so much more famous than Cuba’s political prisoners.

    The reason for this has origin in the Boer War, or even before, when British Colonialists and Missionaries saw the Boers as vile opponents who must be defeated and brought into the Empire under the Queen (Victoria). British Colonials such as Carnaevon, as well as Milner and Rhodes, dreamed of a Unified South Africa, and they beat the drums of war and demonised Boers in their efforts to cause a war between Britain and the Boers.

    They succeeded, Britain invaded South Africa, defeated the Boers, killed their families in Concentration Camps and South Africa was unified in 1910.

    What remained of this in England and the wider English-speaking world (Canada, Australia, NZ and even the US), as well as in some of the South African English is a latent dislike of Boers — always there, even today, leftwing Anglos in South Africa cannot stand the Boers, not even now.

    Why this matters is two-fold: (1) Leftwing Anglos saw Mandela as a natural ally in their dispute with Boers, (2) Leftwing English journalists spoke English and found easy access to international organs where they both propagandised about South Africa, condemned Boers, and deified Mandela as a saint — their latent dislike of Boers defined they way in which they reported on South Africa, and shall I say the rest is history.

    That is why so few people have heard of the true nature of the charges against Mandela, and his ANC (eg Mandela was a secret member of the SACP in the 1960 and during his trial).

    In contrast, Cuba controlled English journalists (as Che remarked above), and at the same time was protected by the Spanish Language barrier. Cuban dissidents wrote in Spanish, and they did not find place in Western papers where they could spread the word about their situation. Western Journalists on the Left also has the habit of discounting reports across cultural and language barriers (neither of which existed in South Africa — Anthony Sampson was as English as they come, and he operated at ease in South Africa, in Cuba he would have had a very hard time)…

  • arizonarebel

    Why can’t the USA just go into Cuba, grab the Castro brothers and their subhuman commie cohorts and have them hanging by their ankles in a petrol station like Mussolini?